Mud puppy stainless steel bottles from one green bottle

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mud puppy - stainless steel bottlesI am so doing a happy dance over here. I’ve been looking for a stainless steel drinking bottle for YEARS. I found the Kleen Kanteen ones in the US, but the shipping cost was pretty absurd and since then I’ve found nothing.

So imagine my delight when I heard about one green bottle.
Big in the news are disposable plastic drinking bottles, the harmful effects of Bisphenol A, effects on the landfill of all our plastic and the jury is still out on whether or not aluminium is the best choice for storing food and drink.
Which, to be frank, didn’t leave much choice.

For the past few months I’ve been using an old glass water bottle, but it’s heavy and not at all practical. Thankfully I haven’t dropped it, but you could imagine the mayhem if I did.

Anyway, in the post a couple of weeks ago, arrived a swanky beetroot stainless steel bottle, courtesy of the lovely Heather at One Green Bottle. This sexy number is made from β€˜304’ grade stainless steel, which is recognised by the food and beverage industry for its hygienic benefits and non-toxic properties. The bottle is is emblazoned with the ‘Mud Puppy’ brand.

You can buy the bottles in a good range of sizes – 350ml, 500ml, 800ml and 1000ml. The 350ml size is perfect for toddlers and for carrying around in your bag. The 500ml is great for older kids, while the largest sizes are fab for teenagers, sports people or adults to carry around. You can get exactly what you need with a range of caps – there are sippy tops for toddlers, sports caps, flat caps and loopy lids. What more can you ask for?

Well actually you can choose from a fabby range of colours too. Lime, black, pale blue, bright yellow or my favourite, beetroot pink! You can of course, play safe with non-coloured stainless steel and there is a muted shade with the intriguing name ‘mud hut’.

You can buy totes and munchlers too through her site – want to know what a munchler is? Then visit Heather’s site to find out.

Heather set up One Green Bottle when looking for a safe and practical sports bottle for her son to take to school each day. Like me, she couldn’t find anything in the UK. Unlike me, she has actually done something about it!

The bottle she sent me delivers everything it promises – fresh tasting water without any contaminants, it’s easy to clean, hygienic and won’t end up in the landfill. It’s lightweight but robust and I can see it lasting for years. I’m saving money on bottled water and saving the landfill from heaps of plastic.

My only teeny tiny gripe is that it’s quite big on circumference, so it doesn’t fit as neatly into my bag as I had imagined. I can live with it though, although I’d be interested to see how a toddler manages to keep hold of one.

The downside? Little Miss Green sighs and looks longingly at it every time I use it so now I’m going to have to fork out for another one……..

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. indiebird says:

    Good day Mrs Green,
    I was so, so happy to see these here today. It was just a couple of days ago that someone on a forum I’m quite at home on was asking about a similar product from the US. Why are we a bit slow to catch on, and why, when you ‘google’ these things do you not find these fantastic little companies coming up 1st but a load of old trash from Amazon??!! Grrrrrrrr! So anyway, I’ve now provided the link to one green bottle and also a link to here so perhaps others can come here and discover what you’ve got going on here. Hope you are feeling betterxxxxxxx

  2. esther says:

    yes, I’ve been looking for a while too, and then at a swiss airport, I bought siggs….great bottles, got them for the kids and myself and can’t live without it anymore, lol!!! they got great designs, especially for children!!

  3. Deb from Boston says:

    Mrs Green: Thanks for bringing to my attention Stainless Steel water bottles. As I mentioned before, we are slowly getting rid of plastics for food storage in our house, so I was planning on getting some aluminum Sigg’s bottles for christmas gifts – but a little more research finds that the aluminum bottles have a coating/liner and use more energy and waste to produce then the Stainless counterparts. Here is an interesting link from National Geographic http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/ask/nalgene

  4. Natalie says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I started using Aluminium bottles for the girls packed lunches years ago but have never been convinced of their safety. Stainless steel took over from Aluminium in the Saucepan stakes years ago so it’s about time it was used for drinks bottles! Will definately be investing in at least four πŸ™‚

  5. We love our Klean Kanteens and had to splurge on a pink one once they came out with colors. We have a few different sizes and fill them with filtered water from home. It does confuse the heck out of waiters when we eat out; they simply do not comprehend the concept of NOT ordering drinks. My one gripe is the tops. The all around most useful top is the sports top as it’s quick to drink out of without unscrewing. This is especially handy at night; we all sleep with a bottle near us. That also facilitates drinking water immediately upon waking. But as the sport top is plastic, it has issues. First, well, it’s plastic! Second, it looks yucky and requires replacing periodically because it just doesn’t come clean after a while. Third, it leaks; the bottles must always be upright or you’ll sit in the car and find the seat soaked if a tipped over water bottle was just there (the bottles usually find their way into the seats because they are so tall and fat and so don’t fit well into cup holders). And lastly, if (when) you drop the water bottle, it’s likely to fall upside down (why is that?) and either get all grimy if on dirt, or just plain break if on a hard surface. That leaves you with having to dispose of the lid. I tend to stock up on the sport lid. Yes, I have a few of the metal lids that last forever, but none of us favor them.
    We find it easier to carry our water bottles in some kind of container designed for the purpose. It does cover the gorgeous colors though!

  6. Mrs Green says:

    Glad they meet with your approval, Ms Barnard πŸ™‚

    Hi Indiebird, glad you found this helpful. I won’t even go into ‘why Amazon come up and not small retailers’ but I can tell you the answer if you really want to know πŸ˜€ Thank you for spreading the word about our site too – I appreciate it.

    Esther, I must admit, some of the Sigg designs are awesome. Something for everyone it would seem πŸ™‚

    Hi Deb, thank you for the link. Making decisions based on ethics / health / the environment can be a real minefield, so it’s good to find reputable information to help us reach our own conclusions.

    Hi Natalie – You sound as pleased as I was to find a solution to the stainless steel problem in the UK – happy shopping!

    Hi Thinking Woman – thank you for sharing about your experiences with the Kleen Kanteen. I have to admit, because of the plastic tops, I’ve told LMG she can only have water in it. Once you start putting diluted fruit juice, or even herbal tea you end up with a spout that cannot be cleaned properly. I didn’t realise they leaked though; we haven’t found that to be true πŸ™‚

  7. Very nice! I was similarly thrilled this week when saw the L.L. Bean carries Klean Kanteens in colors! I’d held off buying them for the kids because it would be too confusing to try and figure out whose was whose. Now I can buy them each a different color and we’ll be good to go.

  8. Hi Mrs Green,

    It is good to see alternatives to plastic like the steel water bottle, even though there is still some plastic content. The stainless steel safety razor was the same with the replaceable blades in plastic wrap within solid plastic cases.

    The next step will probably be the reuse/recycling of these plastic elements, including returning empties, or discards, to the retailer.

  9. Sue says:

    Excellent!!
    I have been looking for a stainless steel drinks bottle for years. Everytie I think I have found one it turns out to be Aluminium!
    Thanks for sharing this Mrs Green!!

  10. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Kristen, it’s great that these things come in different colours; especially when the whole family want one each!

    Hi John, we’re getting there slowly, but of course we will always be up against plastic for its convenience. Things are changing and more options are becoming available.

    Glad you like them Sue – I was delighted to find them too!

  11. JW says:

    SIGG have been making stainless bottles for sometime now.

    http://sigg.com/index.php?id=17&L=1

    Nalgene has finally seen the light and teamed with Guyot Designs

    http://www.nalgene-outdoor.com/store/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=74

  12. Mrs Green says:

    Hi JW, welcome to the site and thank you for your comment. It was my understanding that SIGG bottles are made from aluminium. But I see they have branched into stainless steel, thanks to your link. Thank you for sharing that! Unfortunately in the UK, we can only purchase the aluminium bottles, but perhaps stainless steel will arrive next year.
    Good to see Nalgene are following the trend……..

  13. JW says:

    They are available, the obvious ones to spot are the new SIGG vintage with the grolsch style opening

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sigg-Vintage-Bottles-0-4l-High/dp/B00134IQOE

    And the Retro 0.6l with stainless mugs

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sigg-Bottle-Traveller-Black-Retro/dp/B000OT5I1S (Blacks were selling off cheap this time last year)

    If seen a SIGG in a shop, give it a tap and should be able to tell the difference by the sound.

  14. Mrs Green says:

    Ha! The vintage with the glrolsch style opening look fabulous! I love the styling. Good tip about the sound too – I’ll have to experiment to find out what you mean πŸ™‚

  15. Elaine says:

    Yes they are good, colourful, exciting, affordable, but sadly unless yo want a pink one in 500ml, OUT OF STOCK! I really hope they get some in soon πŸ™‚ and haven’t gone bust, can you check?

  16. Mrs Green says:

    Hello Elaine, welcome to the site; what a shame the pink ones are out of stock. I don’t think they have gone bust; I heard from the owner the other day. Why not give them a call – the number is on their site.

  17. Elaine says:

    Hello Mrs Green, you didn’t read what I wrote πŸ™‚ Anyway… An update! My cousin passed this onto me…
    Hello
    New stock due in 26th January. There is a dust cap over the spout of the sports cap
    Kind regards
    Heather
    Heather Nicholson
    One Green Bottle Ltd
    http://www.onegreenbottle.com
    +44 (0) 845 293 8355

    [email protected]

    Yay! :o)

  18. Elaine says:

    Also this company have similar (Klean Kanteen 800ml) with dust cap in stock! Also made from food grade stainless steel.
    http://www.letyourbodybreathe.com/kanteen.html

    532ml bottle Β£15 (coloured version this size Β£16.50 and you have to email them as they are not on the website yet 20/jan/09)

    800ml bottle Β£16.50
    With either sport cap (with dust cover) Loop Cap or Flat cap (these two are best for lunchboxes and backpacks)

    I just ordered 3 x 800ml from them and you can use cards or paypal, and the shipping/handling fee was only Β£5!!

    This is Elaine, loving this site. xx

  19. Mrs Green says:

    Good news Elaine πŸ™‚
    Ah, I see unless you want pink they had nothing. Doh – I read it too quickly last night and made an assumption. Sorry about that.

    Wow; One Green Bottle must have had a busy time of things!
    Good to see another UK company stocking the Kleen Kanteen bottles too; I think there are two or three now, which makes options even greater. Thank you for the link and I’m glad you’re enjoying the site.

  20. Layla says:

    Hi! Interesting!

    Does anyone know what lining these have, if any?
    & exactly what the stainless steel is made of? (surprisingly, there seem to be different stainless steels with different ‘mixes’ of materials..)

    And would these be okay for anyone with any allergy to stainless steel or other metals? (probably not, or depending on the mix of ingredients?)

    me & Sis are both allergic to earrings (metal, silver OR gold!) so..? would these still be okay or..?

  21. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Layla,
    there are no linings in these bottles as far as I can make out.
    As for your other questions, I have no idea – I’ll see if Heather can come here and answer your questions.

  22. Heather says:

    Hello. Our bottles are pure 304grade stainless steel with no linings. The lids are non leaching polypropylene. We also have a completely new range and new colours and we are busy working on our new website.

  23. sherna says:

    Hi Mrs.Green,
    I just wanted to know if the caps of onegreenbottle would fit the kleen kanteen ones?the sports hook cap,to be particular…

  24. Mrs Green says:

    @sherna: I don’t know Sherna; a call to onegreenbottle should sort out that information for you – hope you find what you are looking for πŸ™‚

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